BTTD #18: What We Do During Winter

Maybe it’s sunny where you live. And that’s really great. I’m super, super, super pumped for you. But here in Chicago winter has fallen on us like a rain of anvils. We are bundled up and we are getting accustomed to this life for the next 6-8 months.

As usual, I hate the start of winter. The sudden shift, the goodbye to my fall coats and the Halloween decorations getting put away.

But then my heart awakens anew! Games are here! Games on games. Let’s get to it.

Hygge and Games

There is a Danish concept called Hygge (Hoo-GA!) which roughly translates to comfort. It’s where you simply have an open invitation to some close friends. You have blankets and candles, food on the stove like a good stew or soup, a puzzle or boardgame set out. Books are strewn about.

You simply have people over. And I mean—simply. No agenda. No schedule. If people want to nap and rest. Great. If they want to read and chat, fine. It’s a time not to combat the cold winter, but to let it in and let it pass. It’s a time to naturally slow down.

I find this time is more about board games. Something people can pick up easily like a good old Ticket to Ride or 7 Wonders. It’s not a time for deep calculation—just a time to rest and enjoy each other’s company.

I’m planning a couple of Hygge days and nights at my place. (I have limited seating. I can comfortably seat 3-4 people. Hello, Chicago.)

But I simply plan on putting food on the stove (I’m thinking Ramen) as well as a nice stew in the Insta-Pot. I’ll stack some games on the table and have some chill music on.

Now some people would say, “This would be a good time for a movie or video game.” But I would say that getting away from electronics gives the mind some much needed rest (and as a clear iPhone addict, it is tough for me!)

Light some candles. And I plan on starting the day at 9 AM and wrapping up around 9 AM. A nice twelve hours of a Hygge-like sabbath. (And to be honest, I’ll need a walk around 1 PM before darkness falls. I tend to get a little stir-crazy.)

If RPGS are your thing, try something spooky like Ten Candles or A Town Called Malice.

If you want to avoid the spooky part, I can’t recommend Tales from the Loop more.

Try it out. Invite your friends over for a cold day of rest, games, puzzles and stew. So much stew! (And I’d encourage you to have them bring something like a bottle of wine or even, you guessed it, more stew. Love me some stew.

Friendship is Magic

My friend Mike Selinker has a Kickstarter and I thought you would dig it. He’s a master of puzzles and games and he recently made a game based on current events. Check it out here.

Nanowrimo Update

As some of you know, I’m doing Nanowrimo this month where I attempt to write a novel over the course of 30 days. I’m at 25.4K words and it is probably one of the hardest things I’ve done in awhile. I’m at a local coffee shop early in the morning, clacking away on the keyboard like a madman. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. Once I get the second draft done (aiming for 1/15) I’ll look for some beta readers.

Thanks and get some rest.

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